Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of clinical utility of DSM-5 among psychologists
by Nockels, Paul, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 2015, 111; 10000347
Abstract (Summary)

Clinical utility has been offered by numerous researchers as a criterion for understanding the value of diagnostic constructs, but it does not yet have a standard operational definition or recommended forms of measurement. The construct has significant overlap with diagnostic validity and it is possible that sub-domains of clinical utility may emerge that would contribute to development of a scale which could assess for improvements and degradations following nosological revisions, and also provide opportunity for cross-analysis with alternative systems of mental health diagnosis. Therefore, the present study collected survey data from psychologists about the clinical utility of the DSM-5, using online data collection and quantitative methods. Seven questions of clinical utility were rated using a 5 point likert scale for each of the DSM-5's diagnostic categories and for the DSM-5 as an overall nosology. Descriptive data, internal consistency and inter-item correlations were analyzed so that results could help address research questions posed about the clinical utility of the DSM-5's diagnostic categories, the merits of DSM-5 when compared to DSM-IV, and additional recommendations regarding optimal measurement of the clinical utility of diagnostic constructs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomason, Tim
Commitee: Brown, Richard, Gallagher, Lawrence, Kolodinsky, Pit
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Educational Psychology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Clinical utility, Diagnosis, Dsm-5, Quantitative
Publication Number: 10000347
ISBN: 978-1-339-40840-8
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